Bird Nerd

TYPES OF LOVEBIRDS

Now a little about the lovebird species in general, which is a small genus of parrot. There are nine species within the lovebird category, but we most frequently see Peach-faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis) or Rosy-faced as some prefer to call them . These are the most commonly bred in captivity for the pet trade and within this genre are many color mutations– for instance Lutino– and more commonly green with a rose colored face.

Fischer’s lovebirds are also common in the pet trade as are the less common Black Masked lovebirds . The only wild birds that does not come from Africa is the Grey Headed lovebird which hails from Madagascar. The remainder of the species originate on the continent of Africa .

FERAL POPULATIONS

There are several known feral populations around the world and in the US (mainly states with warmer climates such as Arizona. Texas and Southern California ) Apparently they burrow into the cacti on cold desert nights.

SOCIAL LIFE

Lovebirds mate for life and travel in small flocks which is why they are so naturally social. Peach-faced lovebirds are also monomorphic meaning the only way to tell the sex is through DNA testing.

It is a fallacy to think these birds have to be sold in bonded pairs– as long as the owner interacts REGULARLY with the bird, they will bond with the owner. They are prone to depression and self destruction i.e. feather plucking when ignored and it’s not a pretty sight.

Because these birds are both extremely social and intelligent, along with being monogamous, they can become very loyal and form a deep attachment to their owners.

GREAT STARTER PARROT

The species make great starter parrots for anyone looking to enter the hobby. Larger parrots can be challenging and given the tragedy of so many castaway birds that end up in rescues, I do NOT recommend that you start off owning a larger parrot such as a Cockatoo or Macaw without prior knowledge of bird ownership.

Besides these little “pocket” parrots as they have come to be known, still pack a punch when it comes to personality AND they can be feisty with other birds. It’s not all Lovey Dovey all the time. (woot woooooo)

Owning a lovebird will be rewarding and entertaining, comical and just plain fun! Some will even talk back to you…

 

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